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Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cavity Quantum Photonics

Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cavity Quantum Photonics.

The post is available initially for a fixed-term duration of 12 months , with a possible extension of 4 months.

This project is a targeted research effort supported by the EPSRC Hub for Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT). We are seeking for researchers to assist with the development of a quantum-photonic network which connects single atoms deterministically coupled to high-finesse optical cavities to enable remote coupling, measurement-induced entanglement and hybrid atom-photon quantum processing. The successful candidate will explore and compare atom-trap compliant cavity-mirror designs and mirror production methods, including super-polishing of substrates, laser machining of fibre tips and focussed ion-beam (FIB) milling. The aim is to eventually produce mirrors which allow for strong mode coupling and for plano-concave cavities of large mirror distance, potentially compliant with both ion and atom traps.

Applicants should possess, [or be very close to obtaining] a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally have a strong experimental background in high-finesse cavity-QED, atom optics, integrated photonics, quantum optics and quantum correlation measurements.

Previous experience in the fields of atom/ion trapping, microfabrication, and complex data analysis and process control will be an advantage.
Candidates are expected to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of optical cavity QED techniques, photonic quantum networks, non-classical correlation and entanglement phenomena and their experimental implementations, and to possess a strong research track record in quantum atom optics or related fields. The post-holder will have the opportunity to teach.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Axel Kuhn

(axel.kuhn@physics.ox.ac.uk)

Only applications received before midday 23rd November 2017 can be considered. You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 23 November 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Bernoulli Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics

Applications are invited for a Bernoulli Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Exoplanet Science. The post is available for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.

This project engages key frontier areas concerning the atmospheres and climates of extrasolar planets. The emphasis is on Earth to Super-Earth mass/size classes of planets. The post is intended to be held as part of the Bernoulli Fellowship program, fostering collaboration on exoplanet research between the University of Oxford and Bern University (see: www.csh.unibe.ch/research/projects/csh_fellowship/index_eng.html). The project offers almost unlimited scope for the postholder to define his or her own research agenda within the general area of simulation of exoplanet climate phenomena.

The successful candidate will join Oxford’s growing exoplanet research program. He or she will work closely with the P.I. and with University of Bern partners in developing and carrying out a research program in the general area of exoplanet atmospheres and climates. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: exoplanet atmospheres; their dynamics, thermodynamics and chemistry; their formation and their evolution through interaction with the planetary surface and interior and escape to space; their detection and characterisation. Uninhabitable climates, such as those of lava planets are as much (or more) within the scope of interest as more Earthlike habitable planets with surface liquid water. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

Applicants should possess or be very close to obtaining a doctorate in physics or a related field and ideally a strong background in planetary atmospheres and numerical simulation of fluids. Candidates are expected to demonstrate a capability for independent innovative research, as evidenced by their publication record. Candidates with primary expertise in planetary geology pertinent to volatile cycling are also welcome to apply.

A demonstrated ability to initiate and conduct independent research is essential, as is a high degree of experience with programming techniques for high performance computing.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Raymond T Pierrehumbert.

You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 1 December 2017 can be considered.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 1 December 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - LHCb Phase-2 Upgrade (TORCH Project)

Particle Physics

Particle Physics, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road, Oxford

Grade 7: £31,604 - £38,833 p.a.

The Sub-department of Particle Physics at the University of Oxford is seeking a suitably qualified postdoctoral research assistant to work on the TORCH (Time Of internally Reflected CHerenkov light) project, proposed for the LHCb Phase-2 Upgrade. TORCH is a novel time-of-flight detector which images Cherenkov photons, emitted from the passage of a charged particle and internally reflected inside a 1 cm thick quartz radiator, onto an array of customised Micro-Channel Plate (MCP) photon detectors. A large-scale TORCH module utilizing 10 MCPs, designed to achieve a timing resolution of 15 ps per charged-particle track, will be constructed and then commissioned in a CERN beam-line. The successful candidate will work on the readout and data acquisition system for the MCP detectors and will participate fully in test-beam running and data analysis in order to qualify the TORCH timing resolution and spatial precision. He/she will also develop the TORCH pattern recognition and event reconstruction code. As TORCH is a candidate technology for the low-momentum particle identification of the Phase-2 upgrade of the LHCb experiment, synergetic work on LHCb may also be required.

The full-time contract will be fixed-term for 2 years. The intended start date is January 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in particle physics or a directly related field. Experience in particle or nuclear physics experimentation and the analysis of data are essential. Experience with fast electronics, photon detectors and/or reconstruction code is desirable.

The candidate will be based in Oxford, with visits to CERN whenever needed. When based in Oxford, teaching duties of up to three hours per week during University term time may be required.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. Please read the “Person Specification and Job Description” before preparing your application. You will be required to upload a curriculum vita, a description of research experience and interests, and the names and addresses of three referees as part of your online application. In addition you should arrange for the three letters of reference to be sent to: sue.geddes@physics.ox.ac.uk by the closing date. Applications are acknowledged but not reference letters.

Informal enquiries about this post may be made to Professor Neville Harnew (neville.harnew@physics.ox.ac.uk).

Only applications received promptly by 12.00 noon on 4 December 2017 can be considered.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here: www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification and apply online.

Application Deadline: 4 December 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Strategic University Network to Revolutionise Indian Solar Energy (SUNRISE; 2 posts)

Condensed Matter

Applications are invited for up to two Postdoctoral Research Assistant positions in the Department of Physics at the University of Oxford to work on a project entitled Strategic University Network to Revolutionise Indian Solar Energy (SUNRISE).

The posts are available for a fixed-term duration of 30 and 36 months.

SUNRISE is an ambitious programme to rapidly accelerate and prove low cost printed PV and tandem solar cells for use in off grid Indian communities within the lifetime of the project. SUNRISE will combine world leading UK research teams from Imperial, Oxford, Cambridge, Brunel, Swansea and key Indian institutions. The research impact of scaleable and stable low cost metal mounted PV products will be supported by technology demonstration at five off grid village communities (each of up to 20,000 people). The EPSRC JUICE consortium will support the systems integration and electrical storage elements to create real technology demonstrators using local manufacturing supply chains (Tata Cleantech Capital and Tata Trust). In addition to electrical infrastructure the SUNRISE partnership includes activity on gasification of farming/crop wastes (a major cause of the incredible pollution in Delhi in November 2016) and the SPECIFIC IKC will support the practical on site demonstration of photocatalytic water purification using a linked programme with the Gates' Foundation. A key driver for this project is not only demonstration of technology in real demonstration sites but the creation of a legacy of better Indian Industry/Institution collaboration through the creation of an Industrial Doctorate programme modelled on the success of the UK EngD programme started by EPSRC in 1992 and pioneered at Swansea.

The activity undertaken in Oxford will focus primarily on delivering higher efficiency, higher stability perovskite solar cells, through a range of activities including materials chemistry, physical vapour deposition, device physics and advanced spectroscopies. The successful candidates will develop new perovskite absorber materials with improved efficiency and stability in solar cells, and integrate these absorbers into lightweight solar cells on metal foil substrates. They will also undertake advanced characterisations to understand power conversion efficiency losses occur in the solar cells, and reengineer the systems to make improvements. The postholder will have the opportunity to teach.

The successful candidates will possess or be close obtaining a PhD in physics, materials science, chemistry or engineering and have excellent problem solving skills. They will have specific expertise in perovskite materials and devices. We are looking for one successful candidate with very strong materials chemistry skills, and the second with expertise in device physics and advanced characterisation. In addition they will also have excellent verbal and written skills in English and have a good track record of high quality publications.

Previous experience in the field of perovskites will be an advantage.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate their capability of working well within a research team and collaborating openly and effectively with their colleagues.

Please direct enquiries about the role to Professor Henry Snaith.

You will be required to upload a brief statement of research interests, CV and details of two referees as part of your online application.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 4 December 2017 can be considered.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here: www.ox.ac.uk/about/jobs/preemploymentscreening.

Please also look at the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please apply for this job via the University online recruitment system

Application Deadline: 4 December 2017 by 12:00 midday


 

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